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Easy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

The BEST oven-roasted cauliflower and it’s so easy. The flavor and texture are perfect with just some simple seasoning, oil, and butter.

Roasted caulilfower florets on a baking sheet topped with fresh chopped greens.

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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

This baked cauliflower recipe is a go-to side dish like Corn on the Cob and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It’s a dish you’ll make over and over.

This oven-roasted cauliflower is easy and excellent. The combination of butter and olive oil caramelizes the florets and they are baked to crisp-tender perfection. The best thing about this recipe is that you can customize the seasoning with what you have on hand with great results.

The Best Seasoning for Cauliflower

Cauliflower goes well with just about any seasoning. Even a simple salt and pepper seasoning works well. These are the seasonings we love most:

  • Salt – we love fine sea salt
  • Black Pepper – freshly cracked
  • Garlic Powder – or try garlic salt
  • Paprika – adds color and flavor (a little goes a long way)

Can I add cheese? we love to add cheese to cauliflower. Sprinkle cauliflower with 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese in the last 5 minutes of cooking for a parmesan roasted cauliflower.

Sliced cauliflower steaks roasted in butter and seasoning on a baking sheet.

How to Roast Cauliflower

This roasted cauliflower recipe is so easy to make and uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup. 
  2. Slice the cauliflower into traditional florets or into flat cauliflower steaks.
  3. Seasoning- Add the cauliflower to the center of your baking sheet, drizzle with oil and butter, and toss to coat. Season the cauliflower and toss again then spread into a single layer.
  4. Bake cauliflower for 15-20 minutes, or until desired tenderness and golden at the edges. The baking time may vary depending on the size of your pieces.
Cauliflower florets on a baking sheet with a glass bowl of oil and another bowl of seasoning.

How to Slice Cauliflower into Steaks: Slice the cauliflower head into 4-5 wedges. Then, cut the wedges into even 1/2″ thick steaks and break them apart into bite-sized pieces. As they are roasted, the flat sides caramelize against the baking sheet adding a depth of flavor. It also results in evenly browned pieces.

How Long to Bake Cauliflower?

The bake time for roasted cauliflower will depend on the size, thickness, and desired doneness of your pieces.

  • Smaller pieces – you only need about 15-20 minutes.
  • Larger florets – bake 20-25 minutes. Until the cauliflower is caramelized and golden.
Collage of how to season the cauliflower and how to roast the cauliflower florets.

Air Fryer Instructions:

Cooking cauliflower in an air fryer is quick and easy. When air frying, I skip the butter and just use 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. Air fry cauliflower at 375˚ for 10-15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes, until golden and tender.

Air Fryer cauliflower

Make-Ahead

  • Meal Prep – you can pre-chop your cauliflower a few days ahead, cover and refrigerate then add seasoning before roasting.
  • Refrigerate – once cooled to room temperature, you can cover and refrigerate leftover roasted cauliflower for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating – You can reheat the cauliflower on the stovetop, oven, or air fryer just until heated through.

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Roasted Cauliflower baked

The most delicious oven-roasted cauliflower recipe that will become your go-to side dish. Cauliflower florets drizzled in oil and butter and seasoned to perfection.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Keyword: baked cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 100 kcal
Servings: 6 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower sliced in small florets, or 1/2" thick steaks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Slice the head of cauliflower into 1/2" thick steaks, breaking up wedges into even, bite-sized pieces.

  3. Add the cauliflower to the center of the baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and melted butter and toss to combine.

  4. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, salt, paprika, and pepper for the seasoning. Sprinkle onto caulliflower and toss to evenly coat.

  5. Spread the cauliflower evenly on the baking sheet and bake at 425˚F for 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower reaches desired crispiness.

Recipe Notes

Bake time will slightly vary depending on the side of your florets or slices.
You may substitute the butter for oil if you don’t want to use any butter.

Nutrition Facts
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Connie
    February 24, 2021

    Thanks Natasha for posting this. I’ve been fixing cauliflower like this for some time now and it’s always tasty and easy. Just the kind of recipe I like esp. on busy days!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2021

      Thank you for sharing that, Connie!

      Reply

  • Mary
    February 24, 2021

    Can I eliminate the butter and not substitute more oil? Trying to cut down on the fat content.

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    • Natasha
      February 24, 2021

      Hi Mary, yes that would still work great to make it lower fat.

      Reply

  • Sanya
    February 23, 2021

    Actually made this for lunch. Ate too much. It is very good.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Jan
    February 23, 2021

    Can I use this with broccoli as well, or is it only good for cauliflower?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Hello Jan, I haven’t really tested that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • Tiana
    February 23, 2021

    Hello! I would love to try this! When I roast cauliflower I usually season it with lemon, parsley, and capers. So good, i strongly suggest you try it! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Yum! That sounds amazing, Tiana! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Vladimir
    February 23, 2021

    Wow! Thanks for the recipe. Please share more. Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      You’re welcome! I hope you give this one a try!

      Reply

  • Andrea Thueson
    February 23, 2021

    This was such a rich twist on roasted cauliflower. The butter made it sooo good!

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    • Natasha
      February 23, 2021

      I’m so glad you loved it! Yeah the butter is optional but definitely nice!

      Reply

  • Beth
    February 23, 2021

    Yummy! This looks so delicious and I’m so glad I found this! I can’t wait to give this a try! So excited!

    Reply

  • Trang
    February 23, 2021

    My son has a hard time eating veggies but he doesn’t mind when they are roasted! I’m so glad I found this recipe since this is how he’ll eat his cauliflower!

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    • Natasha
      February 23, 2021

      Wonderful! I’m so glad your son loved the roasted cauliflower.

      Reply

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